Vianense x Benfica: Pre-match quotes


Rui Vitória spoke to the press ahead of the game against Vianense, for the 3rd found of the Taça Portugal. 

"Tomorrow's game is seen as an opportunity to win and to represent Benfica and it is a huge responsibility. That idea is created internally and the players realize that we have to be strong in all competitive contexts. This is our major focus," Vitória began saying.

Squad List: Vianense x Benfica

Rui Vitória has opted for a blend of youth and experience in his squad to face third tier Vianense in the third round of the Taça de Portugal on Friday. The Benfica coach has taken the opportunity to rest regular starters Almeida, Samaris, Guedes, Gaitán and Jonas. Nélson Semedo is unavailable due to the right knee injury that he sustained on international duty with Portugal. Goalkeeper Ederson is ruled out with gastroenteritis.

There are rare call-ups for forgotten men Filip Djuricic and Bryan Cristante, while the Moroccan duo of Medhi Carcela and Adel Taarabt are also included. Youngsters Victor Lindelöf, João Teixeira, Nuno Santos and Victor Andrade will all travel with the squad, and will be looking to gain some valuable first-team experience.

Goalkeepers: Júlio César and Paulo Lopes.

Defenders: Luisão, Lisandro Lopez, Lindelof, Eliseu, Sílvio and Jardel.

Midfielders: Fejsa, João Teixeira, Pizzi, Djuricic, Talisca, Cristante, Carcela, Nuno Santos, Victor Andrade and Taarabt.

Forwards: Mitroglou and Raúl.  

Portuguese Cup to be played outside Viana do Castelo

Benfica's first opponent in the 3rd round of the Portuguese Cup is SC Vianense, hailing from the modest town of Viana do Castelo, north of Portugal.

The hosts do not see their home ground, Estádio Dr José de Matos, as fit for purpose for this encounter and have made an agreement with SL Benfica to play the match elsewhere.